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Andrew Cuomo's Inner Chris Christie?

New York governor Andrew Cuomo sets the record straight on budget deficits.

11:08 AM, Feb 1, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The governor of New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, pens an op-ed for today's New York Post on the state's dismal budget deficit:

When a governor takes office, in many ways the die has already been cast. Unbelievably, this year these rates and formulas in total call for a 13 percent increase in Medicaid and a 13 percent increase in education funding next year.

A 13 percent increase, in this economic climate, is wholly unrealistic.

Wouldn't you like your salary or savings account to be based on a formula that gave you a 13 percent increase even though inflation was under 2 percent? The world doesn't work that way -- except in Albany.

Cuomo sounds remarkably like New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie here, particularly when he points out how many interest groups unfairly demagogue budget "cuts":

In Albany speak, "deficit" means the amount needed to fund the 13 percent increase (as opposed to a normal rate of increase). For example, if one assumed these programs would increase at the rate of inflation (instead of 13 percent) the $10 billion deficit is really a $1 billion deficit.

A "cut" is then defined as anything less than a 13 percent increase. By forcing the debate to start with such a large hike, the final budget ends up spending much more than the year before -- even after the Governor attempts "cuts."

Read the whole thing here

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